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136 Years And Counting: Boehringer Ingelheim Sees Advantage In Private Structure

The family-owned German pharma dates back to 1885 and tries to keep up with its publicly traded peers by not mimicking everything they do, but with a “value by innovation” focus.

Companies Business Strategies

The Vital Role Of Start-Ups In Medtech Innovation

Focus On Switzerland – Part 4: The fragile nature of start-ups belies their value in medtech innovation, and they do not need unnecessary regulatory complications.

Switzerland StartUps and SMEs

On-Demand Robotics The Way Forward In Minimally Invasive Surgery

Focus On Switzerland – Part 3: Robotics means different things to different surgeons, according to Swiss innovator Distalmotion, whose surgical robot combines with laparoscopy to leave the surgeon fully in control in the OR.

Switzerland Gynecology & Urology

Medtronic Looks Beyond The World Of Doctors And Devices In New Approach To Markets

Focus On Switzerland – Part 2. Health warning to global medtechs: the world’s largest medtech company is taking steps to strengthen key account management, retain its market share hold and set up new health care partnerships.

Europe Switzerland

Medtech Innovation And Reinvention Is Part Of The Swiss DNA

Focus On Switzerland – Part 1: Switzerland is a high-tech microcosm of the medtech industry. It is home to the EMEA headquarters of the world’s largest medtech group, Medtronic, and supports a vibrant SME and start-up community, in the example of hybrid soft tissue robotics company Distalmotion. In Vivo interviewed both for this feature on the contribution of Swiss medtech in the advancement of patient care, domestically and globally.

Switzerland Innovation

Biopharma Market Fuels South Korean Growth Engine

South Korea is the tenth largest economy in the world with a population of 51.3 million. Alongside fast growth of the region’s technology-driven economy, its pharma industry has been expanding significantly too. 

Asia Pacific South Korea

Cipla CEO On Lung Leadership Beyond Asthma, AMR Plans

CEO Umang Vohra outlines where Cipla is heading in its priority areas of lung route therapies and antimicrobial resistance. He also weighs in on the simmering issue of intellectual property waivers for COVID-19 vaccines.

Business Strategies C-Suite Speaks

India’s COVID-19 Nightmare And How Pharma Is Holding Up

A COVID-19 second wave is wreaking havoc in India but pharma appears to be holding things together for now, stretching resources amid a dip in personnel attendance and supply chain strains. Limited vaccine supplies, a spurt in API prices and an inevitable third wave could mean further turbulence ahead.

Asia Pacific India

China Cancer Drug Misuse In Spotlight After Shocking Whistleblower Tales

Using PD-1 immuno-oncology drugs to treat post-surgery gastric cancer and prescribing unapproved targeted therapies for colon cancer are just two examples of the apparently widespread misuse of oncology drugs in China, as alleged by an oncologist at a prestigious Peking university hospital.

Asia Pacific China

Re-Configuring Pharma Operations Amid Pandemic Strains

Senior McKinsey executive shares insights on the potential contours of pharma’s 'reimagined' operations against the backdrop of COVID-19 and striking a balance between supply chain security and the cost component. A dramatic near-term shift to a “completely onshore model” in markets like the US would not realistically be possible, he indicated.

Innovation Manufacturing

JCR Pharma: Crossing Oceans And The Blood-Brain Barrier

After 45 years as a domestic Japanese biopharmaceutical company, JCR Pharmaceuticals is expanding into global markets. The company is betting that its manufacturing strength – which helped land a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing deal with AstraZeneca – and blood-brain barrier crossing J-Brain Cargo technology will lead to success in Western markets.   

Japan Business Strategies

Kazakhstan’s Pharma Industry Has Big Plans To Expand The Market

Kazakhstan’s pharmaceutical market showed positive dynamics in 2020. In the first 9 months of last year, market size for finished pharmaceutical products grew to KZT460bn($1bn), up 22% year-on-year.

Asia Pacific Kazakhstan

Driving The Agenda For Next-Generation Pan-European Life Sciences Development

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for society to address health care challenges at speed – we ignore them at our peril. Equally, it has highlighted the power that can be deployed to develop new pharmaceuticals when the life sciences sector collaborates internationally to tackle a common cause.  

StartUps and SMEs Growth

Will India’s $3bn Incentive Schemes Yield A $41bn Dividend?

An new $2.1bn incentive scheme for formulations follows on from an earlier scheme for APIs in India. Experts weigh in on the likelihood of industry participation and whether this $3bn push will result in $41bn of incremental sales for the industry while strengthening supply chains in a post-COVID world. 

Business Strategies Commercial

Merck & Co, Indian Firms On Tackling Supply Chain Risks And A Hijack

Merck & Co. executive outlines how the company could sustain a “compliant supply performance” amid the pandemic, while senior officials from Sun Pharma, Cipla, Zydus Cadila and Biocon shared insights on coping with supply chain turbulence and moving away from over-dependence on China for starting materials.

Commercial Coronavirus COVID-19

The New Insider Game In Latin America Biotech

Venture capital funds in Latin America have overlooked biotech, leaving an untapped opportunity for local capital markets and US and European investors alike. Chilean entrepreneur Cristian Hernandez, founder of newly launched boutique VC Zentynel Frontier Investments, explains how business – and society – can benefit from launching biotech start-ups able to serve a global market at lower cost.

VC Playbook South America
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